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Provider discusses radiology meaningful use challenges

While meaningful use for radiologists remains elusive, one large provider dives in. Hear how the process went in this podcast from RSNA 2012.

CHICAGO -- Here at the Radiological Society of North America 2012 annual meeting, meaningful use for radiology was a hot topic of discussion, as these specialists hashed out the pros and cons of investing in technology to meet incentive requirements. They also fear that sharing test results directly with patients -- part of stage 2 requirements -- may potentially sour their relationships with referring physicians.

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However, the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), one of the largest providers of outpatient radiological services based in Minneapolis, has already made the choice to implement meaningful use. The company's leadership decided to split incentive payments with employed radiologists and have sunk significant investments in customizing and certifying CDI's radiology information system (RIS) application to meet meaningful use requirements.

Fresh from presenting the latest update of CDI's meaningful use odyssey at RSNA 2012, Linda Bagley, vice president of business systems and operation support, sat down with us to discuss why her company embraced meaningful use -- and the trials and tribulations of getting radiologists on board.

In this podcast, Bagley said she is looking forward to stage 2, and discussed what she thinks will be the thorniest technical implementation issues present in the next wave of certification and attestation.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Don Fluckinger, Features Writer or contact @DonFluckinger on Twitter.

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